2016-2017 Graduate Catalog
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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog > Programs and Course Descriptions > Early Childhood and Elementary Education > Masters of Education in Teaching the Developing Child
Purpose of Degree
The focus of the M.Ed. in Teaching for the Developing Child is to become a master educator. The mission of our Master’s program is to guide educators to become leaders who apply research and best practice theory to make reflective and synergistic decisions that consistently support and extend the learning of all students. Through the core courses and individualized experiences, candidates are able to create a vision of themselves as reflective, synergistic decision makers.
National accreditation of the program:
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Master’s degree candidates must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 in their bachelors’ program
Candidates must have a 3.0 overall and major GPA in their undergraduate programs. Candidates must submit all necessary documents required by the Graduate College Application, a Professional Goals Statement that reflects professional objectives for the program and two professional letters of recommendation.
The Master of Education in Teaching the Developing Child program requires 33 credit hours, including core courses (15 credits) and courses in an area of concentration (12 credits) and electives (6 credits). Many courses are offered in both on-line and traditional classroom settings.
The concentration area includes a focus of 12 credits and an addition six credits of education electives that are chosen to meet the student’s professional needs and personal interests. Students in collaboration with the graduate coordinator may design a concentration area that meets their professional needs and personal interests. The 18 credits of the concentration and electives are selected by the graduate student (in collaboration with the graduate coordinator) from one of the focus areas available for in-depth study.
The M.Ed. program supports the Advanced Teacher Education Conceptual Framework, developed by the ESU Teacher Education faculty. Core courses present research-based concepts related to teaching and learning as well as introduce various tools of inquiry. Concentration courses extend the master teacher’s ability to articulate, apply, and adapt theoretical constructs to the classroom setting.
Students select one of the following exit criteria to complete the M.Ed. program: Professional Portfolio, Curriculum Project, or Action Research.
The planning and developing of the Comprehensive Evaluation is an integral part of ELED 575, Graduate Seminar, a course taken between 24-27 credits.
At the end of graduate course work, the master teacher candidate will be able to demonstrate reflective, collaborative, and creative teaching practice and professional leadership qualities. A student may have a maximum of six credits of workshop courses included in a plan of study.
The student shall, in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator, complete 12 graduate credits in one of the following focus areas:
1 - 3 credits
Graduate assistantships are available through the department. These are awarded based upon merit and achievement to full-time students in the graduate program.
Graduate assistants do not teach classes, but complete projects and tasks assigned by professors.
The graduate assistantship is awarded for the first year of full-time study, with the possibility of extension through the first summer. Prospective students should apply for a graduate assistantship at the time of original application to the program, using the application form online.
Full consideration will be given to those students who meet the application deadlines. Candidates will be selected and interviewed by the department chair and/or graduate coordinator.
Please contact the department chair and/or graduate coordinator at 570-422-3356 for additional information.
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